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Letter to the Editor: Appreciation shown for generous giving

January 30, 2014

 

On behalf of the International Student Office at Louisiana Tech, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many people and organizations that stepped forward to help after some of our international students were displaced by a fire in their apartment complex two weeks ago.

 

After hearing the news, numerous people stepped up and contacted the International Student Office to offer help. The outpouring of support was amazing. Louisiana Tech students and staff, the many campus ministries, the Ruston community through churches and individual gifts, Barnes and Noble Bookstore through lending textbooks that had been destroyed, and The Hutch through donating mattresses were just a few of the many who helped to make this experience a little less painful for the students who are now ready to move forward with their lives. The international students, as well as the two American students who also received assistance, have stated that they felt overwhelmed by the gifts and sympathy from people they had never met before.

 

We also want to express our appreciation to the fire stations of Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Choudrant, and Grambling for their quick response and the sensitive way in which they assisted the students that day.

 

Altogether, these students experienced firsthand the passionate spirit of Louisiana Tech and the compassion of the people of north Louisiana.

 

Dan Erickson,
international student and scholar services

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